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January 7, 2006

parameter space

This notion comes up in Clarke and Baxter's book, The Light of Other Days, which expands upon a short story of the same title by Bob Shaw written in 1966.

Parameter space is a notion in statistics; Clarke & Baxter apply it to physics and space/time. This link provides a couple of examples.

It seems a Henon Map is how one gets a visual.

There are all kinds of other maps (scroll down Henon Map link above), but this one is more simple in comparison (at least, so it appears). One of the parameters it measures is "the rate of area contraction (dissipation), which must relate to "the connectedness locus" (in the visual link above). I may be grotesquely incorrect, but is this similar to when a quantum wave collapses?

Here's my thinking: An event-in-time unfolds through a series of oscillations between possibility and probability. "Reality" occurs at each instant the wave collapses from its dynamic energy/matter state into something fixed: phenomenologically known as arrival, or in Briankle's terms (?), a gift.

(In looking for an older blogpost on "arrival" - which doesn't exist, *sigh* - I came across this one regarding entelechy. It also has to do with the collapsing of a quantum wave. Yes?)

Here's a nice overview with a brief summary of phenomenology as a field of inquiry and useful explanations of phenomenological thinking.

I'm just thinking (as I get tired of blogging today), that parameter space is a notion that applies not only mathematically to the measurable objects of perception and experience but also, perhaps, to the intangible and ephemeral possibilities of human connecting.

Posted by Steph at January 7, 2006 11:10 AM


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